STILLWATER — With one dream fulfilled a month ago in the form of a college diploma, former Oklahoma State player Markel Brown hopes Thursday will see another dream come true – in the 2014 NBA Draft.
“It hit me as I’ve been going through these workouts, just noticing that teams appreciate my game and where they think I can fall,” Brown said in a recent phone interview. “I think I’m just ready for that moment to be here.”
Coming down the stretch, Brown had around 10 teams fly him in for workouts – including teams such as Boston, Utah and Oklahoma City.
The experience for the four-year Cowboy starter was a surreal one, considering he wasn’t highly touted out of Alexandria, La. – rated as the No. 24 shooting guard in the country and the No. 137th player overall coming out of high school.
“It’s a great feeling to actually put myself in this situation and put myself amongst those players that had the hype because coming out of high school I didn’t have that much (hype),” Brown said. “It just says a lot about how hard I worked to get to this point. Every team I’ve worked out for has appreciated my growth at Oklahoma State, of getting better every year.”
The two-time All-Big 12 Second Team honoree said the feedback from the auditions with the NBA teams was positive – even getting an idea the range he could be selected in the draft that begins at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.
“Workouts went pretty good, I can’t say I had a bad one – I think all of my workouts have been solid,” Brown said. “As far as the feedback that I’ve been getting, they think I can go anywhere between 20 and 35 – how high depends on if everything just falls in place.”